Paris, May 16th. We are all waiting for the sunshine, but for now the sun is not “happening”. I have more sunny pictures for you, let’s continue our walk through Paris. We are still in the 6th (Quai Voltaire) and in the 5th arrondissement (Nôtre Dame, St. Michel). Narrow streets with old houses, grands boulevards, galleries, boutiques…Enjoy the colors.
Wall Art Anonymous Rue du Chat Perché
La Maison de Serge Gainsbourg - Graffiti
La Maison de Serge Gainsbourg - Graffiti Hommage
Skulls are Chic / 1
Famous Ladurée, Rue Bonaparte (famous for the macarons and more)
Pays de Poche – Pocket Land
Chez Mai – Chinese? Thai? Vietnamese?
- L’Eglise Saint Severin
GUINESS !!!! MYAMM!
Yesterday morning I went to the market here at Nogent sur Marne, brought home a this bouquet of Peonies, and three African necklaces, had a nice chat with the owner of the market stand, a Senegalese guy.
I brought the flowers home, put the in a vase and water, then I headed out again to the local DIY shop and got three big and two middle-sized canvases.
I spent the whole afternoon and part of the evening setting up a still life with the peonies, taking photos, trying to prevent the cats from adding their two cents…:).
This is work, and this is fun. To have fun at work, what could possibly be better?
Still Life With Cat Knut
Set up for Still Life
Setting up a Still Life in my studio
Still Life For Painting Without Cat:)
Studio set up to create a sort of still life, with which I can work for my next painting. Now I have to put the fish in:)
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?
Will Your Anchor Hold?
I am in the creative process, researching with watercolor and egg tempera and other techniques. In the meantime I am trying to understand my camera so that I can shoot photos and make them look like I want to…. Automatic is ok, but not always.
My camera took these pictures, not me:) On Automatic mode. I mean, I did nothing but look for the things that inspired me. The light that day was incredible, so that was a main help too, and the charm of this colorful place. A walk in Palma de Mallorca on an early December morning….
House in Palma de Mallorca
16 x 22 cm egg tempera on canvas
Work in Process. Kim, Verena and I have begun to paint for our exhibition in July. I haven’t done much yet, two big canvases, and one little (above). The two big ones I cannot show you as they are in Germany. Or wait, perhaps I have a little snapshot of the first one:
Whale’s Head – Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm
I had to work with Acrylics because I did this painting in a workshop and it had to dry quickly. That’s the thing with the egg-tempera, the painting needs more time! That is why I like it, too.
Using acrylics and using egg tempera, these are two completely different ways of painting. With the egg tempera, I take the time to ground the pigments myself, I mix the medium with linseed oil and eggs, sometimes I add resins, then I mix the fine powder of pigments with the medium. I begin with white, on a glass plate. I clean the plate every time I begin to mix a darker color… you end up grounding for hours, and you haven’t yet touched the canvas:)
That is why I don”t paint right now, I have still to do my day job for one month, and when I come home in the evening, I don’t feel ike paint, I just want to relax! Everything has it’s time. The paintings’ time will come, soon!!:) I’m excited!
Love from Paris
People on the Train
Serge Gainsbourg’s Hôtel Particulier, after his death his family left this exterior wall full of graffity just as it is. Hommage to the great writer and singer and songwriter, provocateur par excellence.
Art Material – Everything you need if you want to paint, 57 Quai des Grands Augustins in the 6th arrondissment
My heart beats faster when I look at this
I didn”t buy anything, I resisted.